Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics


The District School Board of Pasco County opened its first magnet school in the 2015-2016 school year at the newly rebuilt Sanders Memorial Elementary School.

Sanders Memorial Elementary, a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Magnet provides a differentiated instructional learning environment that fosters discovery, collaborative learning, content integration, and connections to work force relevance using a problem-based learning approach. Students master the core literacy skills of writing, reading, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting while mastering STEAM Literacy skills of design, inquiry, innovation and teamwork with parents as an active partner in the learning process.

S.T.E.A.M. is an integrated curriculum approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts connect teaching and learning as students apply science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to make real world connections that prepare them to be globally competitive.

The application period for Sanders will be December 15, 2016 through January 20, 2017. 

We anticipate a limited number of seats available in grades 1-5 for the 207-2018 school year.

To apply to Sanders Memorial Elementary S.T.E.A.M magnet, please read the Agreement of Understanding Below.



Agreement of Understanding

By submitting a Magnet application, I acknowledge my understanding of the following conditions for this application:


Applications DO NOT guarantee placement.

Applications received from December 15, 2016, through January 20, 2017, will be eligible for participation in a lottery-style selection process for magnet school enrollment during the 2017-2018 school year.

Failure to complete all requested information may cause this application to be rejected.

Failure to respond to an offer of acceptance by the specified deadline will be interpreted as a parent/guardian decline of program acceptance and the slot will be offered to another student.

Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet is a non-boundary school. As such, all families throughout the district are welcome to apply. However, priority preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Live with in one half mile of Sanders Memorial Elementary.
  • Parent is a Pasco County Schools employee, employed within the feeder pattern of Sanders Memorial Elementary (SMES, COES, PVES, PVMS, and LOLHS)
  • Sibling is enrolled at Sanders Memorial Elementary and space is available.
  • Students whose families exhibit interest in attending.

The order in which applications are received will not impact the lottery selection process.


Bus Transportation:
Arterial bus transportation will be provided within a zone of five (5) miles from Sanders Memorial Elementary. Outside of that zone, bus transportation only will be provided from the following hubs: Veterans Elementary School, Moon Lake Elementary School and Trinity Elementary School.  Bus times and bus stops will not be available until after enrollment decisions are made and 2017-2018 bus transportation schedules are developed.



  1. Only one (1) online application per student will be accepted.  Duplicates or revisions CANNOT be accepted.  There are no paper applications.  If you do not have access to a computer, schools make them available during school hours and there are usually opportunities for access at public libraries.
  2. Please complete all required areas.  Failure to complete all sections may result in the application not being processed.
  3. Families applying for more than one (1) child to a magnet school must have a separate application for each student. (Even though the application asks for sibling names, this does not constitute an application for those siblings listed).  Sibling(s) must reside in the same household as the student who is applying, or documentation of joint custody must be provided.  Siblings who meet eligibility requirements will be accepted based upon the availability of open seats in the grade level for which the student is applying.


Out-of-District Applications:
Requests to attend a Pasco County school (including applicants for Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet), if you live in another county, will require a release from your HOME county.  The approved release must be received within the Open Enrollment period.  A new Florida statute goes into effect for the 17-18 school year does not allow out of district students to displace in district residents.


For further information visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Email additional questions to:

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